China-CEE & SCO Meetings
Russia to maintain stability in Afghanistan: Medvedev
Last Updated: 2013-11-30 10:01 | Xinhua
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that his country is ready to work with other member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to guard peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Medvedev made the remarks at the 12th SCO Prime Ministers' meeting held Friday in the Uzbekistan capital of Tashkent.

Restoring stability in Afghanistan holds a special position in the schedule of SCO, he said, adding that terrorism, narcotic smuggling and organized crimes pose substantial threat to the SCO member states.

He called on all members states to make efforts to help Afghanistan repair its economy and society, for which Russia will provide all-round assistance.

Medvedev also said that the international situation is not quiet, but "some achievements were made." He termed the agreements reached on Iran's nuclear program as a positive step.

He said that Russia will also work to normalize the situation in Syria and bring down the threat of military conflicts.

The SCO, founded in the Chinese city of Shanghai in 2001, aimed to guard regional security while improving cooperation. It has six members states, namely China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and five observer states and three dialogue partners.

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